The SEC added that any of its members may request to have a game rescheduled or be considered a no-contest by presenting data (including total number of players not available to participate) outlining reasons why the game should not be played as scheduled. The final decision to reschedule a game or declare it a no-contest can be made only by Sankey.
In August, the SEC had its 14 teams drop all non-conference opponents and devised a 10-game conference-only schedule that begins Sept. 26. Playing six division and four non-division opponents, Eastern and Western Division winners will be declared and face off for the SEC championship Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The SEC built in one mid-season open date and an open date Dec. 12 for all schools in anticipation of possible cancellations.
Georgia, which would have opened versus Virginia on Sept. 7 in Atlanta, is instead starting out against Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sept. 26 (4 p.m., SEC Network). The Bulldogs home opener is now Oct. 3 versus Auburn (7:30 p.m., ESPN).